Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves
17 -19 Feb, 2022
Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm
Celebrating 30 years of Sister Act, Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves is the third production in The Little Red Company’s soundtrack songbook trilogy along with Christmas Actually and romcom mix-tape There’s Something About Music.
Inspired by the 1992 cult classic, starring Whoopie Goldberg and Maggie Smith – and the 1993 smash-hit sequel Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit – this musical homage will be led by Prinnie Stevens, Angela Fabian, Irena Lysiuk and Alisha Todd, backed by a live band. Little Red Artistic Director Naomi Price directs the brand-new work, with costume design by Australian fashion designer Gail Sorronda.
Leading lady Prinnie Stevens said Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves was a vibrant and soulful celebration of individuality, sisterhood and the unifying power of music. “Seeing Whoopi Goldberg as nightclub singer-turned-nun Deloris Van Cartier 30 years ago absolutely BLEW MY MIND!” she said. “It was my life on film! I grew up singing gospel music in church and had an obsession with R&B and soul from a really young age. Deciding to do secular music over gospel was looked upon as sinful but Sister Act brought these two seemingly opposite musical worlds together and brought it to the mainstream. It gave me the confidence to move forward with my own R’n’B and hip-hop sound without abandoning my gospel roots.”
The films’ catalogue of hits by Diana Ross and the Supremes, Lauryn Hill and Tina Turner includes Joyful Joyful, Oh Happy Day, I Will Follow Him, My Guy (My God) and Rescue Me.
Director Naomi Price said Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves would honour the films’ ground-breaking celebration of diversity and inclusion while breathing new life into the hit soundtrack.
“The music from these iconic movies still gives me goosebumps, brings tears to my eyes and makes my heart soar,” Naomi said. “Like Prinnie, I grew up in church and the Sister Act soundtrack was the only ‘acceptable’ music we could listen to outside of church songs. I wish I had seen the spirit of community, acceptance and inclusion from these films demonstrated in church as a young woman but in a way, I feel like this show is all about reclaiming what ‘church’ should be – powerful, uplifting and bringing people from all walks of life together in celebration.”